MUSIC SERVICE 7digital has announced the launch of a Windows 8 application, which can be acquired from the Windows Store Preview.
7digital is a London-based music service similar to Spotify, offering users access to over 20 million high-quality tracks. It has beat its rivals to the punch, as it's the first music service to bring a digital store to Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system.
Available now to those with early access to Windows 8, the 7digital application has been designed to work on both the desktop and tablet versions of the operating system, and aims to provide users with a "unified interface for music discovery and purchase across all their Windows 8 devices".
Existing 7digital users will be able to automatically sync and download all tracks and albums in their 7digital Locker to a Windows 8 device, the service explains, and will be able to pin favourite artists to the Windows 8 interface.
Ben Drury, CEO of 7digital said that the firm expects there to be "millions" of Windows 8 devices in customers hands by the end of 2013.
He said, "The potential of Windows 8 is huge. Microsoft's renewed commitment to the tablet space, and development of the Surface hardware, means there could be millions of devices in the market by the end of next year. We believe this offers us a significant market opportunity as a digital music provider.
"The heart of our digital strategy is providing a platform agnostic music store that does not tie users to a single device or operating system; we have apps for Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone and iOS already available.
"Developing the Windows 8 application early means we’re ideally placed to become the default digital music store for newly purchased desktops and tablets, and compatible across all other platforms. We're also ensuring our existing customers can access their tracks and albums, and purchase new music, as soon as they buy or upgrade to Windows 8."
7digital's application is available to download now from the Windows Store Preview, with a full version set to follow in October. µ
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